It’s amazing how the little things make a huge difference - like sealing each and every box with packing tape or how to pack your boxes efficiently. Take a look at our self storage tips below, including how to best use your space and which items you should and shouldn’t be storing. Please contact us if you have further questions!
Keep things neat and tidy in your storage unit so you don’t have to hunting when you need something! Here are a few helpful hints on how to arrange your items in the unit for ultimate organization:
- Label your boxes and create a master inventory list to make it easier to find items.
- Leave space around the perimeter of your unit to ensure adequate ventilation to prevent mould and mildew.
- Store heavy items near the bottom of your space/stacks.
- Pick up a few free-standing shelving units to maximize the use of your space, including height.
- Keep items that you’ll need to access first or frequently at the front of your unit.
- Create aisles for easy access to items without having to rearrange the whole unit.
- Store large items, such as tables, couches, mattresses, mirrors and artwork, vertically to help protect them from damage. This also saves space while utilizing the locker height. The one exception: Hide-a-bed couches should not be stored vertically as this can damage the frames.
- Outdoor furniture, tools and BBQs will take up more space, as they do not stack well.
- If you are storing anything with an engine, put a drop cloth or cardboard underneath it after draining the fuel.
These things are best left out your Mayfair Storage Unit:
- Food of any type, sealed or not. (i.e. Dog food, cat food, birdseed or any other pet food). This also includes spices, flour, grains, dried legumes, cereal, biscuit mix, cake mix, and sugar.
- Pot Pourri (usually made of dried petals and spices)
- Flammable substances, such as cleaning fluid, gasoline, paint, etc. This includes in vehicles, so drain fluids prior to storage!
- Liquids (paint, oil, antifreeze, etc)
- Explosives or combustibles
- Propane tanks
- Toxic materials
- Live animals
- Christmas decorations made of food: Popcorn/cranberry strings, bread dough ornaments, wreaths with candy, wreaths with nuts, fruits popcorn or other perishables.
These easy tricks will help you maximize your storage space and ensure your items will stand the test of time:
- Store clothes in a wardrobe box so they can hang.
- Use the same size boxes, if possible: You’ll have an easier time stacking.
- If possible, use the original boxes for storing electronics and remember to label the cords.
- Seal your boxes with packing tape to keep out dust.
- Heavy items should be packed in smaller boxes.
- Label the contents of each box on all sides for easy reference.
- Under-filled boxes are more likely to collapse when stacked. Use clean, white paper or packing popcorn to fill in the extra volume. We don’t recommend using newspaper, as the ink comes off on your hands and goods.
- For boxes containing documents or book, first line the box with plastic to avoid moisture damage. To avoid crushing book spines, pack flat rather than vertically.
- Motorcycles, cars, lawnmowers, and other machinery should be drained of all fluids prior to storing.
- Leave slipcovers on furniture and cover them with plastic. Wrap with padding for added protection.
- If you have a Hide-a-bed, tie it shut with sturdy rope before you start to move it. They should not be stored vertically as this can damage the frames.
- Disassemble everything you can, labeling everything as you go. Use zip lock bags to keep the small parts together.
- Use the space in your furniture – drawers, shelves, under and inside a desk, etc.
- Refrigerators, freezers and washers should be completely clean and dry. Once in storage, place a box of baking soda inside and leave the doors open slightly to help keep them fresh. Pallets, cardboard, plastic or drop cloths will help keep your goods off the concrete floor.
- When packing up your goods, try to keep like items together for easy locating (room by room, for example).